New Extra Care Housing Schemes Help to Free up Family Homes
Two new extra care housing schemes for over 55s in Larkfield and Tonbridge, have freed up 74 homes and 162 bedrooms in the Tonbridge and Malling vicinity.
Amidst an affordable housing crisis, Rapport Housing & Care’s two new extra care housing schemes, comprising 133 one and two bedroom apartments, have had a substantial positive impact on the affordable housing levels in the Tonbridge and Malling vicinity, freeing up 74 homes since summer 2018. With a number of over 55s wanting to move vacating their homes in favour of independent living with support, the market has gained 26 family homes in Tonbridge and 48 in Larkfield.
As the number of people waiting for affordable rented housing in Kent rises, the release of these homes, which range from apartments to four bedrooms homes, has been immensely advantageous for the housing levels in Tonbridge and Malling.
Denise Brend, Head of Housing at Rapport Housing & Care commented: “Our extra care housing schemes provide over 55s with an exceptional level of accommodation and the care and support to enable them to live independently for longer. Many people in later life want to downsize but the accommodation choices are just not there and cost can be a problem too. We hope our ambitious development programme will ensure there are some excellent affordable options for over 55s across Kent, including the rural towns.
“The endless benefits for those living in these schemes, combined with the impact on housing market means they have both been a real success story.”
Rapport Housing & Care has further plans to deliver an additional 102 extra care apartments in Kemsing and Wateringbury by 2020, which will be a much needed provision for over 55s within rural areas, as well as releasing more affordable family homes, which those areas are in desperate need of.
The scheme in Wateringbury, due to open in 2020.